8 of the best ways to spend a festive evening at Fort Kinnaird

Looking for things to do in Edinburgh in the evening?

Whether it’s enjoying a catch up over dinner or cocktails with friends, indulging in a bit of after-hours retail therapy or enjoying a movie, it’s time to seize the moment and have a festive evening out at Fort Kinnaird.

With stores open until 9pm Monday-Friday and 6pm Saturday-Sunday, and many restaurants open until 10 or 11pm, we’ve got plenty to tempt you with.

To help with your planning, we’ve created our guide to making the most of your time.


1. Customise your order at Five Guys

Five Guys sign.

If you’re looking for places to eat in Edinburgh, then Five Guys should be firmly on your list.

Five Guys prides itself on making succulent, hand-formed burgers specially to order, served alongside mouth-watering, hand-cut fries

The menu offers up to 15 free toppings for each of its burgers, hotdogs and sandwiches, meaning you have more than 250,000 combinations to choose from. Combine that with the milkshake mix-ins which offer 1,000 possible combinations and the choice is practically endless.

Whether you want to stick to the classics or go big on the customisation, at Five Guys you’ll always get exactly what you want.


2. Relaxed dining at Wagamama

Hiyashi bowl from wagamama

*Image provided by wagamama.

If pan-Asian cuisine is more your thing, head to Wagamama and enjoy their incredible Asian-inspired menu. There’s no need to book in advance, so rock up any time and take a seat on one of their benches. With all kinds of rice and noodle dishes, alongside fresh salads and shareable sides, it’s the perfect place for a relaxed dinner with a friend. There are desserts, fresh juices, hot drinks, wine, sake and expertly crafted Asian beers too, along with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options thanks to their 50% plant pledge menu.


3. Get together at Pizza Hut

It’s time to get together and share a pizza with friends at Pizza Hut. Whether you like a Stuffed Crust, All American Thin, Original Pan, vegan or even gluten-free, there’s something for everyone. Each pizza comes with a salad, and if you fancy even more sides then you can get three for just £13.99. If you’re after a lighter bite, then Pizza Hut’s loaded flatbreads have less than 550 calories each. Pizza Hut has also launched some extra-cheesy specials, including the Melting Steak & Chorizo pizza, and Chicken-izo Melt. There are some great deals to be found too, including the Christmas meal deal.


4. Turn up the heat at Nando’s 

Head to Nando’s Fort Kinnaird to taste the legendary flame-grilled PERi PERi chicken dishes and mouth-watering sides.

This festive season, Nando's have even introduced Peri Peri Gravy as well as the return of the Fino Pitta


5. Make every night a Friday night

A burger, fries, a cake and a coca cola on a dining table

Whether you’re planning a family get together, a long overdue catch up with friends or the office Christmas party, Friday's has a treat that yule love.​ Between 16th Nov and 26th Dec you can get the perfect 3 course festive menu - Visit the Fridays website to book your table

With flowing cocktails and charismatic bartenders, every night feels like a Friday night at Fridays! Choose from a whole host of amazing cocktail creations, from a Pornstar Martini and Tequila Sunrise to a Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned or Paloma. Pair them with a freshly made to order flame-grilled burger or tender 28-day aged seasoned steak and make it a night to remember.

There are also plenty of no and low alcohol cocktails on offer, from a Grapefruit Seltzer to a Ginless Garden, as well as fish and vegetarian food options to cater to all.


6. Make room for a sweet treat at Hotel Chocolat

We’ve decked the halls, trimmed the tree… the only thing missing? The Christmas chocolates —the advent calendar to count down the days, the warming hot chocolate to come home to, the ribbon-wrapped Christmas chocolate gifts for your Nice List.  Satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy an evening treat during an after-dinner stroll or to round off an evening of retail therapy. Hotel Chocolat specialises in luxury chocolates made on its own organic, eco-conscious cacao farms. 


7. Grab a friend and shop your festive wardrobe

Four women wearing river island clothing

*image provided by River Island

It’s time to enjoy shopping in real life again! With a whole host of shops at Fort Kinnaird – from Accessorize, H&M, Fat Face and Goldsmiths to JD Sports, New Look, Next and Primark and River Island – enjoy some late-night retail therapy and stock up on essentials for the party season.

Why not make a trip of it and bring a friend along? They can help you pick the perfect outfit, encourage you to try on new styles and, after the shopping is done, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants at Fort Kinnaird.

Our stores are open until 9pm Monday-Friday and are usually a little quieter after 6pm, so visiting us in the evening is a good way to shop at a more leisurely pace. On Saturdays and Sundays our stores are open until 6pm.


8. Enjoy a movie

Cinema screen at Odeon.

*Image provided by Odeon

After a long day at work, a cinema trip is perfect to just sit back, relax and enjoy the film. Head to ODEON to catch the latest highly anticipated releases, from EternalsGhostbusters: Afterlife to West Side Story and so much more.  With seven screens of pure entertainment, there are plenty of options, however it’s best to plan ahead, view the latest Edinburgh cinema listings and book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

We’re open until 9pm Monday-Friday and 6pm Saturday-Sunday, with ODEON cinema, and our restaurants open later. We always recommend checking with individual retailers before setting off to be sure.

Find a full list of our stores, restaurants and leisure operators on our Eat Drink and Shop page.

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